Everyone goes on about how it's difficult to bring a superhero or video game character to the big screen but no one seems to really consider the effort that goes into taking a film and turning it in to a stage play or musical. Writing original songs, recreating the world from film to stage and tapping in to those evocative memories/scenes that made that film so memorable.
Kinky Boots is the latest film to get the stage treatment on the London's West End and preparing for its opening at London's Adelphi Theatre on 15 September 2015, with previews from this Friday 21 August 2015, this powerhouse of a musical looks set to take theatre land by storm.
To celebrate we've brought together some of our all-time favourite films turned musicals from the flops right through to the sure-fire hits.
Carrie The Musical
You wouldn't expect this Stephen King classic to make a great musical but the book and lyrics bring forth all the great dialogue from the film/book of the same name and sets them to a truly beautiful score.
The interesting fact about this one? Betty Buckley who starred as the gym teacher in original film now plays the pivotal role of Carrie's mother. The musical really brings out Margaret's White's love for her daughter, a love that battles against her devout religious ways. Eve was weak but the show proved to be too much for critics in 1988. The show was slated but despite being sold out for it's performances and receiving standing ovations almost every night, the financial backing fell out of the Broadway production and it closed after 16 previews and 5 performances.
With a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Our personal favourite, the mid 90's brought drama and a superb score to the West End and Broadway stage with Sunset Blvd. a musical retelling of the Billy Wilder story of the aging silent star longing to make her return to the big screen.
The show's score and hit songs were portrayed by a number of stars from stage and screen from 70's pop icon Petula Clark right through to movie star Glenn Close. The list of actresses that played the role were immense for fans of film and theatre. We're firm believers that the production should have remained on top even to this day; the set was state of the art (when it worked) and the production flawless.
There were rumours of a film in the late 90's with Ewan McGregor and Anne Hathaway attached but it never materialised, Andrew Lloyd Weber is still searching for a producer to this day and if it were ever to be made, it would almost certainly bring that old school Hollywood glamour to the big screen. It's immense.
Shoulder pads, murder and mean girls. Some may say that Heathers was the original mean girls movie and with music it's sexy, sleek and so much funnier than before.
We've not seen this one yet as it's only showed in the US but Heathers score is one that mixes drama and comedy in such a way that you can't help but enjoy the musical ride. Who doesn't want to hear a suicide note to an up beat tune?
This is the one that surprised us most. Remember Reese Witherspoon's rendition of the bubbly blonde who ventured off to Harvard law to get her man back?
Well as the song goes, this one is SO MUCH BETTER. Catchy tunes and an adorable pooch open up this musical to all ages, playing on modern day pop culture whilst also remaining true to the original film.
If you're not trying the Bend and Snap by the time the curtain is called... you're not doing it right.
Songs that could be converted into mainstream pop songs, we'd love to hear Alanis Morissette sing some of the songs in this one and why not? Glen Ballard who was instrumental in the release of Jagged Little Pill is at the centre of this master piece.
Retelling the murder of Sam and his struggle to keep his love Molly safe from the other side whilst he discovers what truly happened to him. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll go home singing the songs from this one. It's a beautifully tragic tale that has all the elements to keep all audiences entertained.